Robinson defends wearing scarf
Geneva - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Mary
Robinson, said yesterday that she had worn a headscarf during an anti-racism
conference in Tehran last week because it was the law of the country. But she
said she had made formal protests over the effective barring of a Jewish
human rights group and an organisation representing the Bahai faith from
entering the country for the gathering.
Mrs Robinson told a news conference she had also urged protesting women from
Western non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attending the conference that
they should also wear the scarf.
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